Ryan talks to Daniel Fujikake and Mac Nguyen of Snapzoom, a startup hoping to build an adjustable smartphone mount that allows you to take advantage of traditional optics like binoculars with your phone’s camera. Snapzoom works with most phones (from the iPhone to the giant Galaxy Note) and most scopes like binoculars and telescopes. After making it to the final rounds of Engadget’s “Insert Coin” … Continue reading Snapzoom


Last night brought the first meeting of the Hacks/Hackers group in Hawaii. The focus? Digital journalism, social media, open data, APIs and open government. Among the presenters: Misa Maruyama of the Hawaii Computer Human Interaction Lab invited attendees to participate in a study on social media’s role in political discourse. To participate, fill out this volunteer form. Burt Lum of Bytemarks Cafe introduced the latest … Continue reading Hacks/Hackers

Honolulu Tsunami Evacuation Zones

As part of the City and County of Honolulu’s disaster preparedness effort, they’ve created this mobile application. Discover and share tsunami evacuation zone information for the island of Oahu. In the event of an emergency, time is of the essence. The Honolulu Tsunami Evacuation Zones app allows you to quickly and easily discover if you are in a tsunami evacuation zone. Search for your loved … Continue reading Honolulu Tsunami Evacuation Zones


Moodscope is very easy to use and is based on a rating scale developed by the American Psychological Association. The program shows you a set of 20 cards ranging from Anger, Irritation, Nervous, Attentive, Active, etc. For each card you self rate yourself on a scale from 1-4. Moodscope then tabulates your score and gives you a rating from 1-100. You can then plot this … Continue reading Moodscope

Coworking in Hawaii

Coworking space is not a new concept. They’ve been around for years. You can find traditional business workspaces in places like Seven Waterfront Plaza that charge as much as $45 per hour for a conference room. But that is not conducive to startups and entrepreneurs looking to grab a seat, charge up the laptop, get internet access and collaborate with a buddy. Coworking spaces popping … Continue reading Coworking in Hawaii

Quantified Self 2011

This past weekend I got a chance to attend the first Quantified Self conference held in Mountain View, CA at the Computer History Museum. By way of background, the Quantified Self is a movement to better understand your health through knowing your numbers. Technology that helps us monitor vital statistics like activity, blood pressure, heart rate, weight, sleep periods, etc. are not limited to the … Continue reading Quantified Self 2011